Jul 3, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves manager F. Gonzalez (33) signs autographs for fans before a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Let’s Meet The Braves
The Braves, at 42-43 entering play on Thursday night, are playing much better than expected this year and are well within striking distance of the NL East and Wild Card races, especially considering there’s so much time left in the season. Despite trading away Jason Heyward, both Uptons and Craig Kimbrel, and losing Brian McCann, the team has re-formed around a good starting rotation and some interesting younger guys.
Here’s what you need to know about the Atlanta Braves:
Freddie Freeman hoping to return before August (Talking Chop).
Freddie Freeman has been out for some time with a wrist injury — and he’ll miss the Rockies’ series, which does Colorado a favor — but he is still an important cog in the Braves’ lineup, and somebody they are going to need if they hope to make a run at a playoff spot.
If the Braves buy, what could it be? (Tomahawk Take).
The Braves won’t really be buyers at the trade deadline, Tomahawk Take argues, citing the fact that their rotation and bullpen really haven’t been that bad, and that they may seek to make a bigger splash in the future rather than selling out to make the playoffs in 2015.
Kelly Johnson got the short end of the measuring stick (Tomahawk Take).
This has to do with a home run in Milwaukee’s Miller Park, and it’s an interesting read. But listen, man: CarGo got the short end (way way short end) of the measuring stick in Milwaukee, too, so… we know how you feel.